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George Romero's unusual story of a modern-day Renaissance troupe whose participants follow a medieval code of honor.
One of those crazy and unique movies that it's sort of impossible to rate. On the one hand, George Romero isn't as good a dramatist as he is a genre stylist, so a lot of the scenes in this are hide-under-the-moat embarrassing. But on the other hand it's such a singular vision and exploration of themes that were obviously important to Romero that it's always fascinating (the fact that it's chock full of awesome motorcycle stunts doesn't hurt either).
Also in this movie's favor are two powerhouse performances from Ed Harris and Tom Savini. As ridiculous as this movie gets (and that is a significant figure), they're never anything but committed to their characters.
I love that Romero is so earthy a filmmaker that his idea of glitzy showbiz decadence is a bunch of dudes smashing lamps over each other in a cheap motel room.
A 2 1/2 hour George Romero film about medieval re-enactors including Ed Harris and Tom fuckin' Savini. Instead of horses they ride and joust on motorbikes. I was always going to love this.
I quickly got over how silly this all was by the general awesomeness on display. Great stunts, ace music by Donald Rubenstein (he's even in this one as a cool musician dude serenading Harris) and enough delicious subtext to make up for the last however many dodgy zombie films from George. Well, maybe not quite.
Let us ride to Camelot! It is a silly place.
An utterly unique and deeply personal adventure/drama from George A. Romero about a modern-day traveling Renaissance fair, in which the knights use motorcycles instead of horses, KNIGHTRIDERS is truly a strange bird of a film, but it's one of my all-time favorites.
In his very first leading film role, Ed Harris is characteristically intense and charismatic as the troupe's "King," whose commitment to living by an ancient code comes into conflict with power struggles among the knights and unwanted attention from media.
The cast is awesome and loaded with Romero alums, past and future. In addition to the biggest and most interesting acting role that Tom Savini has ever had (one that makes excellent usage of the FX genius's natural…
A 144 minute movie about Knights on Motorbikes???
A 144 minute Film about the internal struggle to choose artistic & spiritual freedom over fame & money and about finding happiness in your true identity.
Weekly reminder to independent filmmakers: you can make a movie about whatever you want. You could even make a straight-faced epic about a motorcycle riding Renaissance Festival troupe if you thought you could do it with sincerity. George Romero did, and it bears his fascination with turning small communities (be it zombie apocalypse survivors in a shopping mall or Society for Creative Anachronism on Wheels) into microcosms of America at large. Rather than establishing a utopia just to destroy it, here Romero seems more optimistic that staying true and not selling out actually will give a permanency to the ideas espoused by the good king Ed Harris (his best performance?). The temptations of money and fame that plague the troupe…
it's hard not to cringe at the excessive dorkiness on display here (not to mention the excessive runtime) even if it is clearly a very personal artistic mission statement from Romero. that's mostly mitigated though by the sheer quantity of insane motorcycle stunts and Ed Harris' total commitment to a performance of a guy's total commitment to a performance.
Cool idea for a movie but not a fan of the execution.medieval reenactors on motorcycle are led by their nonconformist leader ed harris.
Review from yakfilm.com www.yakfilm.com/knightriders-geroge-a-romero-1981/
Romero’s 1981 film Knightriders, his only directorial foray outside of the horror genre, has more in common with US-made, countercultural, travelling biker movies such as 1953’s The Wild One, starring Marlon Brando, or Dennis Hopper’s seminal Easy Rider, from 1969. Each was concerned with society’s misfits and struggles with The American Dream’s supposed ideals. Despite ostensibly concerning a group of jousting bikers dressed in medieval armor, Knightriders feels like quite a personal film from Romero. Best known for his “… of the Dead” zombie movies, Romero’s politics, with varying degrees of subtlety, have always made themselves apparent onscreen, though without the usual horror-as-allegory tropes to hide behind, more of Romero is on display than usual.
Camelot is a state of mind.
Much better a film than you might expect considering it's about a bunch of bikers re-enacting Arthurian jousting (starring Ed Harris as 'King Billy'). I enjoyed this more than Dawn of the Dead. Recommended.
It just might be that no director encapsulates the spirit of independent film making as succinctly as George A Romero did during his heyday. Whilst mavericks like Cassavettes or Soderbergh may be more intrinsically linked with independent movements, neither of these directors infused the ideals and challenges of anti-establishment, anti-studio film making into their work the way that Romero did during this period. His films are often awash with overt metaphors that wouldn't be so clever if they weren't so bold and unique for their time. The undertones of racism in *Night of the Living Dead*, attacking consumerism and capitalism in *Dawn of the Dead* or facing up to the questionable socials views on mental illness in *Martin* all stand…
The most joyous Romero film, about people who are devoted to an ideal and express it. Each scene with the bikes are breathtaking, a movement so well captured as to resemble McTiernan's Rollerball. Ends in tragedy, but because it's obvious the entire time that this is a true embodiment of fantasy, and more so the inability to maintain devotion to ideals in the modern world. This is perhaps the theme of all Romero, and here it's shown with kinetic action, upturned bikes, social commentary, and badass helmets.
First time watch. I am richer for having seen this. Thanks Romero.
Knightriders is impossible to rate or review. It's a complete one of a kind movie ... I've never seen anything like it. What am I supposed to compare it to? What just went on? Where am I? When?
I will say that it was a little long, but I think the length is part of the style of Knightriders.
"I mean, it's real hard to live for something that you believe in. People try it and then they get tired of it, like they get tired of their... diets. Or exercise. Or their marriage. Or their kids, or their job, or themselves... or they get tired of their God. You can keep the money you make off this sick world, lawyer, I don't want any part of it. Anybody who wants to live more for themselves doesn't belong with us."
Man I gotta stop with these movies with overlong openings that end up redefining my love of my favourite directors, lol. I don't think I've ever seen a movie I so wanted to be better than it is than…
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